Quotes from WAC Indoor Championships

Feb. 26, 2011

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Head Coach Gary Stanley

“This may be the sweetest win ever. We thought after the first one when we were so far down our first couple years in the WAC was special but I think all the other coaches here realized we were a 20-30 point underdog coming in. To be able to come out and do what these women did today was so special, one for the ages. Everybody just stepped up, exceeded what they’ve done and kept believing and came together. I was very, very happy for all of them.”

On Chelsea Hayes:
“The thing about Chelsea is when we were hurting on the 4x400m relay, we knew we needed to have that to win it. To ask her to run that was anbove and beyond the call of duty. That was as impressive a thing, with her going to nationals in the long jump and probably on the list, she risked injury and gritted it out. It was just incredible; I just can’t say enough about her.”

On Hayes taking the lead for Tech in the 4x400m relay:
“It was extremely tough. She didn’t just get in there and run, it was do-or-die. We had to win that and Utah State had to finish third or we were going to lose [the team championship]. No one will ever know how tight that really was.”

On Kim Francis:
“She has to be the freshman of the year for me. She has a bright future; there is no doubt about it. She is a team person and she is going to lead us into this next decade of performances.”

On the men’s team finishing third:
“Billy Ray Walker, Larry Jones, Justin Terry in the 400m … I thought we had some excellent efforts. We are just a few bodies short. We came in here with 15 kids [on the guy’s side] and we just need to get more bodies and fight our way up there. I am pleased with them; they are good kids on both team. They represent Louisiana Tech as well as anyone could.”


Senior Chelsea Hayes

 “I’m tired but it all paid off. We got another title. I couldn’t ask for anything more, to win in my senior year.”

On the women’s 4x400m relay:
“I was just nervous and I felt like it was all on me. I was winded because I ran the 200m before had to do the mile relay and put just everything into it.”

On taking the lead in the relay:
“He [Coach Stanley] just told us we had to win. When I was close to her, I decided to make a move in the beginning, got out in front and held it.”

On the 200m finals:
“I felt great about that race. I wasn’t as tired as I was yesterday because I only had the 60m and that race [at that time], I just ran out and did what I wanted to do.”

On the 60m finals:
“I had a bad start in the 60m. My start was horrible but I still ended up running what I ran yesterday.”

 

Senior Quatisha Williams

On the triple jump:
“I am very excited. I didn’t do as well as I wanted to but I am glad I got the points for the team. I am also glad I got back to my 40-feet and up mark.”

On knowing the points were critical to the team championship:
“I know we needed the points and the Hawaii girl came up on us last year so I just went out and beat her.”

On if her long jump performance motivated her in the triple jump:
“It really did. I thought to myself that I was bad in the long jump so I had to go out and perform in the triple jump.”

 

Senior Billy Ray Walker

On the 60m hurdles:
“I just had tunnel vision during the race. It is hard to stay focused on your lane in the hurdles because anything can happen. Especially when you have a race like the 60m hurdles, if you mess up then it is basically over. The guy next to me came in with the fastest time this year and he had a good start. But I’m a senior and it was my last time running the 60m hurdles so I had to compete. I had to give it my all. Just like coach said, it is about places here, not about times. I didn’t run the time I wanted to run, but I gave my team 10points. I can’t be selfish with that and I can’t complain about that because there are people who wish they could do what I just did and it was a blessing.”


 

 

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